1/22/2006

Booman Tribune ~ A Truce? - Unlikely

A Truce? - Unlikely

by Patrick Lang
Sat Jan 21st, 2006 at 07:09:36 PM EST

"As for similar operations taking place in America, it's only a matter of time. They are in the planning stages and you will see them in the heart of your land as soon as the planning is complete."

But it also says, "we do not mind offering you a truce that is fair and long term ... so we can build Iraq and Afghanistan ... There is no shame in this solution because it prevents wasting of billions of dollars ... to merchants of war," the Associated Press reported.

The conditions for such a truce were not made clear." - CBC

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In the Arab context an expressed interest in negotiations or a truce usually indicates that the interested party needs to get the fighting to stop. Because of this, my first reaction to the statement concerning a truce in the latest putative Bin Laden tape was to think that it meant that the Jihadis see their war effort as not going well at present.

But, after listening to the larger message of the tape, I am inclined to think that the "truce talk" is intended for the Muslim audience as assurance that the Jihadis do care about the welfare if the Islamic masses, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to deliver the message that it is the Kuffar (infidels) who are responsible for the continuation of the misery of war.

This tape is basically a pep talk for the Faithful, wherever they may be. For us, in the West, it means nothing.

Booman Tribune ~ A Truce? - Unlikely

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